Mar 8, 2020

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COVID-19: Natural Ways to Protect Yourself and Others

In the past few weeks, I’ve read, listened to and compiled natural ways to protect friends, family, classmates, clients and myself during this Coronavirus/COVID-19 virus. This epidemic affects us all, and what we do for ourselves, we also do for others, our community and everyone across the planet.

I live in Washington State where the virus has been fatal. So I offer these suggestions as natural ways to keep others in the know with, I admit, a long and growing list. Take what you need to create greater integrity in your wellness and sense of well-being at this time. *

Golden Rule~painting by Norman Rockwell at the United Nations
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Natural Ways to Take Care of Yourself during COVID-19

  1. Wash areas like your work surfaces, eating space, cellphone, keys, computer keyboard, and doorknobs with an antiseptic cleaning spray. For ideas, I’ve collected natural DIY Cleaning and Hand Sanitizer Recipes, here: https://www.pinterest.com/kimberlyrex/aromatherapy-herbalism-for-wellness-and-well-being/
  2. Wash plastic bottles or mugs after you use them once. Washing them with hot soapy water or in the dishwasher works. Starbucks is currently not allowing you to use a personal cup to keep it safe. It’s a good idea to take this opportunity to strengthen your immune system. So make your own coffee or tea at home and place it in a personal cup or thermos to take with you. Get some ideas for immune-boosting lifestyle habits and herbs to add to your tea blend here: https://www.windowstotheheart.net/10-natural-ways-to-strengthen-your-immune-system/
  3. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol at your work station, in a bag you carry with you, and in your car. This will allow you to use it as needed. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds or until the sanitizer is dry. Research on virus time on surfaces: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/03/11/tests-show-new-virus-lives-on-some-surfaces-for-up-to-3-days/23947156/
  4. It’s recommended to attempt to sneeze or cough into your elbow. Wash your hands after you sneeze or cough, when you are shopping especially in the grocery, touch the shopping cart, handle money especially before you eat something, And, of course, wash your hands with soap and water in general before you eat. Washing your hands for 30 seconds is the recommended time suggested, or in the time it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.
  5. Use a tissue for touching your face for an itch, an ATM machine, Redbox or movie dispenser, or any electronic device. Use a tissue or paper towel in public bathrooms. Use a paper towel after you wash your hands to touch the exit doorknob on your way out of the restroom. Fold tissue or towel inward and discard after leaving the restroom. You can also use a tissue for touching knobs, steering wheels and handles.
  6. How to Keep from Touching Your Face: It might be helpful to observe your own behavior for about 10-20 minutes to see what you are doing that involves touching your face. Do you find yourself pushing your hair back? Are you touching part of your face related to your glasses? Are you leaning on your hands? Suggestions for substituting: a fidget ball, crossed hands, hands in lap, or keeping your hands busy with a bracelet are just some of the ideas in this article: https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Your-Hands-Away-from-Your-Face
  7. Use a pen tip for pressing numbers or letters into an electronic device. Take your own pen to pharmacies or stores instead of using another pen given to you. You can also wear gloves.
  8. When to wear a face mask: https://propakistani.pk/2020/03/03/if-youre-still-buying-or-wearing-a-mask-for-coronavirus-stop-now-and-read-this/or Make your own face mask.

Natural Ways to Diminish to Protect Yourself and Others with COVID-19

Greeting with a smile and hands at the chest is a greeting from India (image from wikipedia.org)
  • Diminish hand-to-hand contact. Instead, you can SMILE, do an elbow-to-elbow greeting, just say, “Hello, Good morning or Buenos Dias!” There are some ideas that include doing toe-to-toe greetings, slightly nodding your head, placing your hands at your chest with palms together, using the peace sign, or just waving. You can even come up with your own original greeting in your workplace or with your co-workers, friends, and family. Agreement and buy-in are important.
  • Diminish eating finger foods, or use a utensil to pick up your food. Diminish sharing the food you are eating with other people from your plate or theirs, or shared bowls to protect everyone’s immune system. Make sharing with others what you talk about with each other.
  • Diminish junk food, sugar, alcohol, or acidic foods that compromise your immune system.
  • Decrease visits to others in nursing facilities or medical facilities if you have a runny nose, are coughing, have a fever or are not feeling well. You can always talk by phone, or use Face Time.
  • Limit your exposure to other people who are sniffling, sneezing, or coughing. A distance of at least 3 feet has been suggested by some experts or 6-9 feet away depending on the circumstances.
  • Limit traveling. This means limiting exposure to the virus during travel and in large crowds especially for people with fragile health conditions or are elderly. If you have traveled to an area that has reported positive for the virus, check in with your health professional to get feedback about what you should do to protect yourself and others.
  • Check out refund policies for travel commitments for plans you have already made, ie. planes, trains, buses, etc. Consider your options before you pass the no refund period in these agreements.

Natural Ways to Increase to Protect Yourself and Others with COVID-19

Wear glasses to avoid droplet exposure from the virus (image from wikipedia.org)
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lenses to protect yourself from droplets from sneezing and coughing. You can get a pair at a Dollar Store.
  • Family or friend phone or computer contact and awareness for community support if you are not feeling well by asking for what you need in the way of groceries or supplies. These supplies can be delivered to your door without you having to go outside.
  • Contact your health professional office to get information about symptoms and recommendations for steps to take regarding where to go and who to contact if needed. If you or a family member has a compromised immune system due to heart, lung, cancer, diabetes, recent surgeries or auto-immune disorders, take extra precautions for protecting them. Notice when you are experiencing difficulty breathing, excessive phlegm, coughing, fever, and runny nose that persists.
  • Increase your awareness of your school, business and community policies and cancellations related to COVID-19. Check out their websites. Find out about your sick leave and daycare options.
  • Speak to your insurance company about the best options and steps for medical care if needed.
  • Take inventory of your responsibilities and appointments for the next few months. Prioritize what is most important to you. Plan beforehand for errands, classes, and events where you are interacting with groups in close proximity. Let go of situations or reschedule where it is possible.
  • Take a spray cleaner with you to cleanse surface areas to close proximity or group events. Go shopping at times when there are fewer people to navigate at stores or appointments. Use the sanitizing cloth offered at the entrance of stores for shopping carts.
  • Wash towels, clothes, gloves, sheets, blankets, and scarves after weekly use. Wash your cloth shopping bags after the week, or after possible exposure.
  • Take time to relax. Get in touch with your breath. Bring yourself into your center when you feel anxious, frustrated or afraid. Be sure to keep to your sleep schedule. Getting off computers and electronics by at least 9 PM and into bed by 11 PM allows you to calm down before sleep, and then detoxify your entire system during the night. To receive 5 more in-depth ideas to calm your body-mind system sign up here for our FREE monthly Newsletter and Exclusive Re-pattern Your Life Events

*Please share this list with others. If you have more ideas for this list, please send them to kimberly@windowstotheheart.net

Thank you!

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Sep 5, 2016

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The Road to Success is Not Always a Straight Line

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. You’ve heard this saying at some point in your life. However, The road to success is not always a straight line. It’s different when you are in the process of making positive change, integrating growth, or even getting directions on Mapquest.com.

Setting goals, working towards them, and then experiencing a sense of accomplishment for their achievement doesn’t always follow the shortest or easiest path. You might experience setbacks, obstacles, and detours along the way. Sometimes, you have the experience of taking one step forward and two steps back or even feeling like you are cycling back to the starting line in midstream.

What is happening that makes this process seem like a zigzag road, or keeps you returning back to where you started?

Habitual patterns create neural pathways that get activated with practice. This means that in order to make new patterns that create new neural pathways that you resonate with new possibilities, beliefs, mental attitudes and positive actions to build the bridge. In general, forming a new habit needs about 21 days to form, 40 days to integrate into your being, and 90 days into becoming this new pattern within your life in action.

Sustaining positive growth over time is a vital key to experiencing a feeling of  success with your intentions. In order to do so, resonating with a coherent mental attitude and positive actions aligned with what is needed to keep you on track is essential.

First Things First

It might be difficult to maintain these new patterns in certain situations or particular relationships.   Although you are setting goals in a particular area of your life, there can be contributing factors that impact you in a negative way from related aspects of your life that require that you prioritize them before experiencing more focused life energy for your positive intentions. For example, if you are wanting to start a new relationship or business, yet you are struggling with health issues or finances, these areas take precedence before you have more focus and energy to work on your other goals more expansively.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl

Your relationships and web of connection built over time in your life impact your perspective that influences the quantity and quality of change you experience in your life. Making changes can feel as though you are radically diminishing your loyalty and love to a family member, friend, or partner. As an example, let’s say that you are the first person in your family who is going to college. You could feel a sense of guilt, or, feel as though you need to diminish your accomplishment even when you graduate.

One moment can change a day...

Self Care

It could also feel difficult to decide how to set boundaries with people or situations in the process of making change. Habits that do not support your positive intentions like staying out late when you are needing to study for an exam, unhealthy drinking or eating habits, or continuing to engage in activities that deplete your vital life energy could sabotage your ability to take next steps towards positive change. Making time and space for the actions and priorities for taking next steps is essential in creating the infrastructure for new possibilities to emerge in your life.

Mindfulness and Resilience

Being curious and aware while implementing first steps can inform you about your feelings and beliefs This allows you to create insight about what needs to be addressed first as you move forward in your process. Knowing that every relationship, event, and situation has information for you to use in a way that can be supportive of your process allows you to integrate new patterns with greater integrity and long-term success. The attitude of gratitude allows you to be more resilient when you feel as though you are experiencing a “set-back.”

  Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. ~Brian Tracy

Resonance Repatterning® works with the underpinnings of limiting beliefs, attitudes, and patterns in your life. The process identifies and naturally transforms unconscious material contributing to the experience of resistance and obstacles between you and positive change. One of the many repatternings entitled, The Integration for Growth Repatterning, works specifically with building new neural pathways for greater coherence in sustaining growth over time through cleansing and recharging your body-mind system to achieve momentum and resilience in your process of making positive change.

Kimberly Rex, MS is an experienced and certified Advanced Resonance Repatterning, Master Life Coach and Person-Centered Expressive Therapist with advanced training in holistic and healing therapies. She works with clients all over the world by phone, Skype, proxy and in-person with  cutting-edge energy medicine and transformation processes to re-pattern your life so you can change your story and your life to experience greater integrity in your wellness and well-being with more life energy for your positive intentions.  Schedule your personal session for positive change: Personal Repattern Your Life Sessions

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Nov 26, 2015

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The Benefits of Appreciation and Thanks-Giving

At this time of thanks-giving and expressing appreciation, I’d like to share some benefits about this inner technology that will benefit your wellness and well-being!

Appreciation is the ability to remember with gratitude all that you have been given. When you are able to tap into the frequency of gratitude, we can better face difficult situations and people because appreciation entrains your body-mind system to a higher state of consciousness.

This changes your internal experience so that you feel more uplifted. Research has shown that appreciation can reduce pain levels because it activates a stream of endorphins, peptides and neurotransmitters that create a greater sense of love, warmth, joy, pleasure, and opening within your body-mind system that allows more ease and flow.

Hands and Rose

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow. -Shauna Niequist

This is the reason that appreciation and gratitude are also wonderful tools for lessening the effects of depression. It is not possible for you to feel depressed and have gratitude in the same moment!

As an example in my own life, when I was 32 years old I experienced three great losses. My brother passed away due to illness, my marriage fell apart, and in the process, I lost every belonging I owned. In that year, I also became very well acquainted with support groups for families dealing with the issues I was experiencing. A person in one of these groups suggested that I keep a Gratitude Journal. This journal was a daily expression of looking for a simple, yet meaningful expressions of “Let go and let Good,” for me during these difficult times.

In this journal, I recorded things like: “ I found a quarter on the sidewalk while walking my dog.” “The sunset was absolutely amazing!” “The honeysuckle is still blooming and the scent is wonderful.” “Someone offered me a free bed and chest of drawers.” The important message from this journal was to look and connect my thinking to the possibility of Source, people, events, nature, etc. offering support, love, and care in the midst of difficult times.

Especially in difficult situations, appreciation is a beneficial inner technology that creates compassion, connection and understanding. Expressing appreciation to another person allows both you and the person receiving the message of appreciation the mutual benefits of endorphin response in your body-mind systems.  Research shows that people are more likely to bond, support, and volunteer their time and services with the expression of appreciation.

There are many things for which to be grateful. Your life has been filled with situations, people and opportunities that have provided more peace, love and contentment. Remembering brings more clarity for seeing that in your present you are also surrounded by beneficial and loving support. This connects you more deeply to the gifts of the present moment in the experience of greater love, peace, and serenity!

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